Ahh… the soothing thought of ripping Borg drones to threads. It's the simple things in life that tend to give the most pleasure. Thanks to Ravensoft's latest gem, Star Trek - Elite Force, you finally can step into the ST universe with a phaser rifle and prove that redshirts can actually survive. The recently released demo provided a small, but very gratifying glimpse of what will come in the final version. If you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you can pick it up at (eliteforce.ravensoft.com). It's a tad big (120MB), but well worth it.
The first level of the game, you are stuck on a Borg cube trying to rescue your crewmates. You only have a few shots with your phaser or phaser rifle before the Borg adapt. Those blasted drones tend to beam in from every corner and often end up sneaking behind you to stuff you full of Borg assimilation nanites. The mood, the level design, the enemy's movements all bring such depth to the game. Once that mission is completed, you end up back on Voyager only to be treated with some very nice visuals of the bridge, and some excellent cutscenes. The interactivity of the Voyager mission is simply unmatched. The scripted events, which have become quite popular due to Half-Life, bring life to what otherwise would be a long, empty, desolate hallway. If a crewman is in danger, you have the options of helping him, letting him die, or letting everyone die. Based on your moral code, you can do as you please.
One thing I instantly fell in love with was the amazing voice acting. Raven managed to get everyone on the staff, except for Jery Ryan (7 of 9), to do voices for the game. The stand-in for 7 of 9 isn't bad, but we all would love to hear sensuous ex-Borg expressions. In order to keep my sanity, I'll try to stay away from the 7 of 9 nude models. The voices of the Hazard Team are also well done. If you people did not already recognize Biessman's voice, it's Tom Wilson from Back to the Future and Wing Commander fame. The voice behind the main character, Alexander Munro, is the voice behind the Spiderman cartoon series. It's quality work if you ask me. And for those feminists out there, Elite Force didn't forget about you. It comes fully loaded with a female protagonist who goes by the name of Alexandia Munro. I wouldn't mind to take a look on how this woman would look in real life… Stay tuned because you'll get some more Elite Force stuff in the next few days.
Now here's the main reason you read all that: A set of exclusive shots of the Klingon's in Elite Force as well as some artwork and the E3 flyer.